COVID-19 Compliance is Compulsory


In terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 (OHSA), an employer is obliged to, as far as reasonably practicable, create and maintain a working environment that is safe and without risk to the health of its employees.

The University and the employees are jointly responsible for health in the workplace, and, therefore, all of us in the workplace are responsible for complying with COVID-19 compliance regulations, especially on campuses.

Management has noted with great concern an increase in non-compliance regarding COVID-19 regulations, particularly physical distancing and the mandatory use of masks in public.

Compliance Appeal
In view of this, we appeal to all staff members to practice all prevention and other compliance measures to aid the institution in curbing the spread of the virus, but more especially in taking responsibility for your  own protection and safety, and that of others.

Disciplinary Action
Failing to adhere to any of the listed COVID-19 regulations could be considered an act of misconduct on the part of the staff member and may lead to possible disciplinary action. 

As such, we wish to bring the following to your attention:

  1. According to the new lockdown directives of 12 July 2020, the wearing of a cloth face mask, homemade item, or any other appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth, is mandatory for every person when in public space.
  2. Anyone seeking access into the University buildings, must submit to compulsory screening, must apply hand sanitiser and must adhere to applicable social distancing rules. 

COVID-19 Transgressions
In addition, please note the following COVID-19 related transgressions, namely:

  • Failing to comply with physical distancing measures in the workplace
  • Refusing to obey a reasonable instruction in respect of health and safety or COVID-19 protocols
  • Intentionally misrepresenting that you or another person has COVID-19 related symptoms.
  • Making false statements or distributing fake news in the workplace relating to COVID-19 which is likely to cause harm.
  • Failing to disclose that you have a comorbidity when requested in terms of health and safety regulations
  • Failing to cooperate with health and safety committee/or a COVID-19 compliance officer

All staff members are requested to familiarise themselves with this information to ensure strict compliance. Transgressions can be reported to line managers or the compliance officer for the University who will in turn refer the case to Employee Relations for processing. 

Related Queries
Should you have any queries, please contact your line managers or your relevant HR Service Partner.

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